Bayonetta 2 Switch Review Roundup [Updated]

How does the action game fare on Nintendo Switch?

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Now Playing: Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 Switch Gameplay Live

February has been a busy month for Nintendo Switch owners so far, and that only continues this week with the release of Bayonetta 2. Platinum Games' acclaimed action game arrives on Switch nearly four years after it originally debuted on Wii U back in 2014, and it has the distinction of being one of the few games to earn a rare 10 out of 10 from GameSpot.

"Bayonetta 2 never strives to be anything less than the purest, rarest kind of action-game experience, one that values skill, reaction times, and sheer spectacle over all else--realism and storytelling be damned," critic Mark Walton wrote in GameSpot's original Bayonetta 2 review. "Sure, you can feel the influence of the likes of Devil May Cry and Ninja Gaiden in Bayonetta 2's combat, and see it in its wonderfully outlandish visuals. But neither of those games, nor the many that followed in their footsteps, come close to the brilliance of Bayonetta 2."

Ahead of its release, outlets began publishing reviews of Bayonetta 2. As always, we've rounded up a sample of them below to give you an idea of what critics have to say about the action game. For a broader look at Bayonetta 2's reception, be sure to check out GameSpot sister site Metacritic.

Alongside Bayonetta 2, the original Bayonetta also arrives on Switch this week, and it likewise remains one of the most highly regarded action games ever released, as you can read about in our original Bayonetta review. Both titles are available individually on the Switch Eshop, but those who pick up a physical copy of Bayonetta 2 will also receive a download code for the original Bayonetta, giving fans a chance to catch up on the series before Bayonetta 3 launches exclusively for the console. Alternatively, you can get a discount by purchasing the first two games on the Switch Eshop.

  • Game: Bayonetta 2
  • Developer: Platinum Games
  • Platform: Nintendo Switch
  • Release date: February 16
  • Price: $60

GameSpot -- 10/10

"Bayonetta 2 arrives on Switch with everything intact from the Wii U version, but with the added convenience of portability and a more consistent frame rate, making it the definitive version of the game. Thanks to the confident execution of seemingly unbridled creativity, Bayonetta 2 remains a game that shouldn’t be missed, just as it was when we first reviewed the game on Wii U." -- Peter Brown [Full review]

IGN -- 9/10

"Playing through Bayonetta 2 on Nintendo Switch allowed me to relive some of the most exhilarating, action-packed, hack-and-slash moments from the last decade of gaming. The framerate improvements alone make it a better experience than the Wii U version, and the Amiibo-activated costumes at least put a fun spin on it even if there's no substantial new content for returning players. It's disappointing that the Switch version can't manage more than 720p on a big screen, but with that said, Bayonetta 2's fantastic art style holds up well." -- Filip Miucin [Full review]

Metro -- 9/10

"Bayonetta 2 is one of the best action games of all-time, and while we'd love to think this Switch version will finally grant it the mainstream success it deserves we're not holding out much hope. The third game probably won't be a hit either, but then these aren't games made for the love of money, but for the love of gaming itself." [Full review]

Trusted Reviews -- 4.5/5

"Bayonetta 1 and 2 remain a fantastic duo of action titles that feel perfectly at home on Nintendo Switch. Being able to play two of Platinum Games' finest efforts whenever you like is hugely appealing, and the abundance of content on offer here only makes it even better." -- Jordan King [Full review]

We Got This Covered -- 4.5/5

"Although many have experienced Bayonetta in some form or another, whether it be the amazing PC port from last year, or the abysmal PlayStation 3 release, it feels more than at home on Switch. The inclusion of Bayonetta 2 seals the deal, as many didn’t own a Wii U, and I certainly can’t blame them. Packing them together for $60 is frankly a steal, as we’ve seen much worse ports at higher prices. A 720p docked resolution will be a deterrent for some, but maintaining a solid framerate is crucial for an action game, and on that front, Bayonetta 1 + 2 (mostly) hits the mark. If you’re at all a fan of Bayonetta or action games in general, do yourself a favor and give these two games a go." -- David Morgan [Full review]

Vooks -- 5/5

"There's a reason Bayonetta is revered amongst fans of character action games. While Bayonetta as a character might deter some people from giving the franchise a chance, there's an incredible set of action games in this collection. As I said right at the beginning, after playing both Bayonetta games for the first time on Switch I was kicking myself for not trying them sooner. The characters and utter spectacle of the environments and encounters are impressive, and the flow of combat is immensely satisfying whether you keep it to basic dodges and ripostes or get experimental with combining techniques. Both games are adjustable to your preferences as far as difficulty, game speed, and complexity--even if you've been intimidated by similar games in the past, you can get in on the action here." -- Steven Impson [Full review]

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Spaced92

What's with score system reviews for Bayonetta 2 or Shadow of the Colossus, just tell us if they work lol, no reviewer is going to go against the grain with a beloved game and no one really cares. Like someone else said, 720p and no 60 fps is more pertinent.

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theKSMM

I missed this game on the Wii U. I won't make that mistake again. I think I'm ready to buy a Switch now.

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angrycreep

The game is fantastic but 720P is just stone age. The Switch is so powerful that they couldn't even manage 900P for the Switch version.

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ivankuchercokov

@angrycreep: or a locked 60, that's pretty pathetic.

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BigDaveX

@ivankuchercokov: Oh noes, it only manages 60fps about 80-90% of the time instead of 100%!

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angrycreep

@ivankuchercokov: Yeah, it seems to me that the way Nintendo is going with technology and their unwillingness to upgrade, that by the time Nintendo finally make a 4K console that we will probably be in 16K technology by then.

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StevieD

@angrycreep: Yeah because there are so many other portable consoles that can do 720p/60... my god the dumb things you fanboys spout is incredible.

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angrycreep

@stevied: I'm talking about the overall product you meat brain. It is embarrassing that a 2017 console can't even match tech of 5 years ago. It is because of brainless idiots like you who are willing to buy anything they trow out there that Nintendo is unwilling to upgrade and instead they settle for a minor upgrade type of console and trow it out there for dummies with a lot of money to buy. This is a portable Home Console that is more like a Wii U + and nothing more.

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Sorrow_316

@angrycreep: The console itself is technologically quite innovative. It’s a console capable of portability, High Definition graphics, and a price that doesn’t require a bank loan to purchase. The improvements from the Wii U is also more than just minor. Some things aren’t perfect on the switch, but that statement can be said to every product on the market. Considering technology from 2013, the switch surpasses that as it can handle a High Definition output (most games today still don’t go to 4K yet), it is small on size and weight, and offers a library of games that are favorable with most people. The vibration motors within the Joy-Cons offer very unique experiences and the whole system itself is completely region free with USB-C power ports and no region locking software. To write it off as a “Wii U +” is just ignoring the innovative design Nintendo brought to the table.

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Brettsky128

This franchise deserves a bigger audience. Hopefully more people play it!

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videogameninja

From the reviews piling in it sounds like Platinum games delivered a worthy port of what many critics view as an essential purchase for supporters of the Switch let alone the genre. Platinum games is smart to release this port/remaster early in the year to generate more hype for Bayonetta 3, a game which I'm almost positive will garner the same kind of universal praise as it's predecessors received upon their own respective releases.

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